Making your own lavender perfume with dried lavender is easy, inexpensive and results in a luxurious scent that can't be rivalled by storebought colognes. Using dried lavender, jasmine flowers and common vodka, you can make your own perfume in two week's time. This recipe makes approximately 1 pint of lavender perfume.
Grind 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers in a mortar and pestle as finely as possible. Transfer the ground flowers to a small mixing bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon dried jasmine flowers to the bowl and mix thoroughly with the ground lavender flowers.
Transfer the flower and cinnamon mixture to a 1-pint canning jar. Fill the jar with pure vodka, and place the lid on tightly. Label the jar with the contents and date.
Allow the lavender perfume to steep for 2 weeks, never removing the lid, in a cool, dry place. Shake once per day to redistribute the ingredients.
Strain the dried lavender, cinnamon and jasmine flowers from the alcohol and dispose of them in the compost pile or garbage. Pour the resulting lavender perfume liquid into a decorative bottle and use as you would any other perfume.
Any other aromatic flower or leaves of choice can be substituted for the dried jasmine flowers. Try chamomile or sweet cicely leaves. Ethyl alcohol can be substituted for the vodka, if desired. If using vodka, use the strongest proof possible.
Tips and warnings
- Any other aromatic flower or leaves of choice can be substituted for the dried jasmine flowers. Try chamomile or sweet cicely leaves.
- Ethyl alcohol can be substituted for the vodka, if desired. If using vodka, use the strongest proof possible.
Things you need
- Dried lavender flowers
- Mortar and pestle
- Small mixing bowl
- Dried jasmine flowers
- 1-pint canning jar with lid
- Decorative bottle